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Title: Constitutional patriotism in Jürgen Habermas's political thought
Author: Menent, Melis
ISNI:       0000 0004 7431 6059
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2018
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Constitutional patriotism is a term introduced but not developed by Jürgen Habermas. Muller's approach to Constitutional Patriotism has brought more substance into it. This thesis is a journey through Habermasian scholarship, primarily, for finding pieces of constitutional patriotism. The scope of this is not limited to jurisprudence or sociology alone but it is interdisciplinary in nature. Constitutional patriotism was an idea put forward by Jürgen Habermas in the aftermath of the Second World War. I have a reconstructive approach to the emergence of CP in the first few chapters of my thesis. I lay down the intellectual and political context which gave rise to it. I will maintain that it is not only the immediacy of the German political context which gave rise to the emergence of the term Constitutional Patriotism. Constitutional Patriotism also stands on different aspects of his political philosophy. Philosophical and sociological aspects of Habermas`s work have different dimensions which could be interpreted into CP. His direct references to the term CP are very rare. This thesis aims to bring together the different meanings underlying his philosophy. I maintain that seemingly different concepts of his philosophy can, and ought to be read constructively with a view to a holistic umbrella term which I bring under CP. In this thesis, these concepts are identity, Europe, human rights, cosmopolitanism, the self and democracy. Constitutional patriotism, which I seek to construct here, is a new idea of attachment. It is based on existing forms of political and social attachment. In this respect, it is ‘post'-national. Identity, in Constitutional Patriotism, is a form of attachment. It's a relationship with your own self and with others. It accepts that the individual and the collective are closely linked while investigating the political and social dimension of these relationships. It seeks to increase the critical thinking capacity. This process paves the way for the realisation of abstract political and legal ideals such as human rights and democracy. Each chapter of this thesis follows the former and opens up the space for discussion for the latter. I hope that each reader will find a small piece of herself in it.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: B3258.H32 Habermas, Ju¨rgen